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Posted: Saturday, October 6, 2012 5:30 am

My name is Tom Woodling. My wife and I have lived here in Yucca Valley on Canyon Drive for 10 years. In that time, the only contact we have had with Town Hall was to report potholes and runoff (dirt) on the street.

This was always dealt with in a timely manner. HOwever, Canyon Drive over the last 20 years, according to my neighbors, has suffered a lot of erosion, in some places clear down to the dirt.

So a couple of months ago, I called the deputy town manager, Shane Steuckle. After a brief discussion, he said he would look into it. I really didn’t think much would come of it. A short time later, he called and said our street really was a mess and he would do his best to have our street repaired. Still, I was somewhat pessimistic, as I figured we would be pretty low on the totem pole.

Mr. Steuckle did, however, give me a time frame as to when our street would be repaired. Not only did he do what he said he would do, but he did it ahead of time. The town road crew showed up and did a fantastic job. Before the work, you could not cross our street at night without tripping. Today, the street has been repaved and is so smooth, it could be used for skateboarding.

Thank you, Shane Steuckle and the road crew!

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  • RD posted at 6:25 pm on Fri, Oct 19, 2012.

    RD Posts: 443

    So ... I guess if you've been friended by Dr. Lombardo on his private facebook page you have him offering his help as a council member.z

    Robert Lombardo
    January 24
    enjoying being on town council,trying hard to be of service to my community.Feel free to chat with me about any concerns that I can help with.

    I'm thinking that form they have on the city's website ... where you submit a question, comment or request for help ... they should have an auto-response that says "We don't care. We don't have to."

  • RD posted at 6:44 pm on Wed, Oct 17, 2012.

    RD Posts: 443

    Two close calls earlier this evening while walking my dogs. Same off-roader going down the hill and minutes later going back up ... cars taking evasive action to avoid hitting him ... but that didn't slow him down or cause him to stay to the right.

    According to Mr. Steuckle, the residents of this street have no right to ask him for help and no right to take any action on our own. All we can do, according to Mr. Steuckle, is call the sheriff's department and ask them to come chase an off-roader that is long gone by the time a call to the department is made. We all know that's a waste of time and resources for the sheriff's department.

    All we can do is wait for the day when a body is splattered all over the road ... and when people ask why something wasn't done we can only say "Because Mr. Steuckle said it wasn't his problem."

  • RD posted at 10:36 am on Mon, Oct 8, 2012.

    RD Posts: 443

    Consider yourself very lucky, Tom Woodling. I used the towns website form to send a letter to the council and Mr. Steuckle regarding an extremely dangerous situation on my street. I even included a link to a video to show them an example of how dangerous it is. I didn't get a response so after waiting a month I called the city and asked if anybody ever SEES the letters submitted on their website. I was told that Mr. Steuckle should have responded to me.

    When I finally got to talk to Mr. Steuckle about the situation he was quick to tell me that my road was not taken into the "system" when the city incorporated so it wasn't his responsibility to address the problem.

    I'm very much aware that Mr. Steuckle is in a position to help with the problem and tried to speak with him about the process but he wanted nothing to do with any such conversation.

    A very major accident has already occurred because of the situation I attempted to talk to Mr. Steuckle about and he showed no interest in offering me any help and instead attempted to discourage me from following up on whatever needed to be done to address the situation.

    I wasn't asking for half a million dollars to pave the street ... just help in making the street safe. Mr. Steuckle failed to offer even the smallest bit of help and showed no concern at all.

    The letter I submitted by way of the city's website also asked that the situation be brought to the attention of the city council members. I did not hear from any of the city council members and I learned that when you click on the "CONTACT the town council office" email link your email is sent to the city clerk. I made a call to the city clerk and was assured that my letter sent by way of the city's website correspondence form would be brought to the attention of the council members. I have heard from none of them.

    It is time, I believe, for the city to begin electing city council members by way of district voting so that there is some measure of accountability. And a town manager that has been given the responsibility of keeping the city's streets safe should be showing an interst in the safety of ALL streets within town limits.

  • Commissioner Gordon posted at 7:33 pm on Sun, Oct 7, 2012.

    Commissioner Gordon Posts: 382

    Jeeez Dawgers give the guy credit where credit is due. This is where you start looking crazy by opposing every nice comment for anyone at the Town... Besides 62 and 247 are a Caltrans issues and not the Towns...

  • damndawgers posted at 8:57 pm on Sat, Oct 6, 2012.

    damndawgers Posts: 529

    It's too bad they couldn't or wouldn't do that for all our badly potholled streets as the highway for instance. You barely even see the lines yet alone stay in them without looking as if you dui. Iv'e noticed some streets here getting done with those idiot bumps that don't even need them but where they are needed they are not! That city managers job for you. Respectfully, damndawgers.


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